Chrome freezes your computer? Here’s how to fix that

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • Google Chrome is one of the best browsers on the market, but even the best browsers suffer from errors.
  • Many users reported that Chrome freezes their PC.
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Google Chrome is a user favorite for a reason, holding the majority share of the browser market for a long time. With the Android platform being the most used OS in the world, it’s rather obvious why Google’s original browser gets the most attention.

Now, even though Chrome get’s better with every new update, both visually and performance-wise, it’s still the number one resource-hog of all standard third-party applications a general public relies on.

One major problem is that Chrome freezes the PC, which mostly occurs due to abnormal RAM depletion.

We have a few solutions for this problem, so check them out down below. Hopefully, they’ll help you resolve the freezing issues caused by Chrome.

The solutions listed below will also help you if you are experiencing the following issues:

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What do I do if Chrome freezes my PC?

  1. Use an alternative until Google sorts the problem
  2. Disable add-ons and scan for malware
  3. Clear browsing data
  4. Update Chrome
  5. Reinstall Chrome

1. Use an alternative until Google sorts the problem

Finally, until the problem is sorted out, we can only suggest trying some alternative browsers. And now more than ever you have a substantial number of Chrome alternatives.

One good example of an alternative browser is Opera, as it has the same Chromium engine as Google Chrome, but at only a fraction of the resource requirements.

It also has a vast library of extensions, so enriching the web browser to better suit your needs will not be a problem.

Additionally, you get the added benefit of a few extra layers of security that come in the form of a VPN and a built-in ad-blocker.

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2. Reset browser and scan for malware

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.
  3. In the Search bar, type reset and click on the Restore settings to their original defaults.
  4. Click Reset settings.chrome freezes the computer

And this is how to scan for malicious presence with both Windows Defender and Malwarebytes, respectively:

  1. Open Windows Defender from the taskbar notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.chrome freezes the computer
  3. Choose Scan options.chrome freezes the computer
  4. Select Windows Defender Offline Scan.
  5. Click Scan now.
  6. Your PC will restart and the scanning process will commence.
  7. After it starts again, download Malwarebytes , here.
  8. Run the tool and click Scan
  9. Wait until the tool scans your system and restart your PC.
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3. Clear browsing data

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the Clear browsing data menu.
  3. Choose the Advanced tab.
  4. Under the Time range, select All time.
  5. Check the Cookies and other data site box.
  6. Click Clear data.chrome freezes the computer

4. Update Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu in the top right corner and open Help > About Google Chrome.chrome freezes the computer
  3. The version check-up should start and the browser will update if there’s an official update available.

5. Reinstall Chrome

Like with any other third-party application, reinstallation is always at the bottom of the troubleshooting list.

But, besides removing the application itself, we suggest clearing all locally-stored data. Just to be sure that some kind of corruption isn’t causing the browser and OS

You can either search for the associated files on your own or use a third-party uninstaller and it will do that for you. If you decide for the latter option, make sure to check our list of best uninstallers here.

To install Chrome again, be sure to check our in-depth Chrome installation guide.


FAQ: Learn more about Google Chrome

  • Why does Chrome cause my PC to freeze?

Chrome is famous for its excessive RAM usage, so it’s possible that your PC is freezing because it’s out of RAM.

  • How do I fix Google Chrome from freezing on Windows 10?

To stop from freezing on Windows 10, be sure to clear the browsing data and remove any unwanted or nonessential extensions.

  • What is Chrome cleanup tool?

Chrome cleanup tool is a special application that will scan your system and remove any unwanted applications that are interfering with Chrome.

  • How do I open Chrome on my PC?

To open Chrome on your PC, just double-click its extension. Alternatively, you can search for Chrome from the Start Menu and start it from there.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.